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Hazardous Damage Resulting From Water Damage

Hazardous Damage Resulting From Water Damage
Hazardous Damage Resulting From Water Damage

Flooding, damp and standing water have all kinds of hazardous effects on your home. Here are the most common hazards that you can expect should you not take care of the problem quickly and effectively:

1. Mold

Mold simply loves damp conditions and will begin to grow in a damp or wet area of the home within a day or two of a flood or other water damage. Most mold spores will negatively affect allergy sufferers or people with respiratory illness such as asthma. More rare types of mold spores can be detrimental to all people and could be fatal in some cases.

It is best to take care of any damp, flooding or wetness in the home before mold becomes present. Cleaning up water floods and damp proofing the home can be much less expensive than opting for mold remediation after the growth has taken place.

2. Structural Damage

Flooding and damp can cause structural damage to the home. Paint will begin to peel away, and plaster will start to crumble if the problem is not taken care of quickly. If left untreated for a period, the structural damage could be much worse resulting in the need to replace wooden structural materials and in some cases may require some foundation repair.

A burst geyser, water heater or pipes may cause damage to the ceilings, walls, and electrics in the home. This type of water damage may call for replacement of the damaged elements and-and electrician to repair or replace any damaged electrical features.


3. Disease

Standing water after a flood of any kind can cause the disease to breed in many different forms. Bacterial diseases are the most common, closely followed by water-borne diseases as well as diseases transmitted by insects.

To prevent the rapid spread of disease, it is important to remove all standing water as soon as possible. The area may also need to be treated to eliminate bacteria and viruses that may have begun to grow and produce. Disinfectants such as bleach and antibacterial treatments are the most effective.

If insects such as mosquitoes have begun to breed, it may be necessary to use insecticides and pest control techniques to eliminate the spread of diseases carried by these pests. Insects can continue to transmit illnesses long after the-the water has been cleared away and the area treated.